Congratulations to Young Minds for their research with looked after young people. I was privileged to attend the seminar with my social work colleague, Katy, held at the South Bank Centre last night and it has left an indelible imprint upon me – Ian Dixon, said it is almost palpable today – I can’t stop raving about the event.
In a climate where we are encouraged more and more to centralise children’s voices, this event made no apologies for doing just that…from South Bank’s artist in residence, Lemn Sissay’s impassioned words about the ‘superhero-like’ skills and capabilities of children who are looked after and his fantastic autobiographic poetry, through to the ‘letter to a corporate parent’, a culmination of words from looked after young people in Worcestershire, read out by Jenny Clifton from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
Charlotte Levene from Young Minds delivered the ‘findings’ of her work with young people; the content was compelling and the delivery was respectful of the creative input of young people and alongside Beattie’s eloquent and imaginative conveyance of the work contributed by young people to the ‘Flourish’ project, this made for a powerful, emotive, timely and inspiring event.
It was great to hear from Sarah Brennan, who reminded me that ‘passion’ for work with young people is an inherent thread that permeates the hierarchical structure, an important message in current times when eyes are on efficiency savings. Inevitably, we at Chrysalis Care will continue to keep our eyes on ways of doing ‘more for less’ but our ears?....well they are firmly tuned into the voices of young people.
Strategic Development Executive.